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Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE - Primary (QTS)

What makes Primary PGCE at Worcester special?

At Worcester we were born to teach. The institution was founded in 1947 as a teacher training college with a mission to ‘win the peace through education’.

Few sights are as rewarding as that of the curious young mind in pursuit of knowledge, and few careers combine excellent professional prospects with the opportunity to inspire in others a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

At Worcester, our PGCE in primary education is led by experienced academic staff with extensive research profiles, meaning your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself. With a range of career-enhancing subject specialisms for you to choose from, and personalised support that is tailored to meet your needs, you have the ideal environment to hone your skills as an inspiring and innovative teacher.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is an internationally respected route in to a career in teaching, but it is also the start of a journey like no other.

Key features

  • Worcester is one of the country's leading providers of teaching training, with an excellent reputation in this area
  • With 60 credits at Masters level and a strong international reputation, a PGCE is a great career choice
  • Our Pedagogy & Professional Practice element explores wider issues of education and society, enhancing your prospects as a future leader in the profession
  • Our PGCE gives you the option to take the PGCE Primary with Mathematics pathway and to become a Mathematics Specialist - this dual option is provided by only a handful of universities in the country
  • We are one of eight universities nationally to offer a PE specialist pathway choice, and the only university in the West Midlands.
  • Personalised support package in transition from trainee to Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) helping you to identify your development needs and excel as a teacher
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I have found the PGCE Primary course exciting, varied and incredibly relevant to my future career in teaching.

Worcester Trainee

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree of 2:2 or above
  • Grade C at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) passed at the time of application. 5-10 days experience in Primary Schools , Early Years and Nursery settings is desirable, but not essential, as this will help you to ensure that you perform confidently during the interview process
  • Department for Education Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be passed prior to entry. For further details visit the Professional Skills Test page.
  • For Mathematics Specialism – a degree /A level in Mathematics

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks. In addition, the NCTL requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach.

All applications for PGCE Primary should be made via UCAS Teacher Training.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for this yourself. Please note that after your third attempt you cannot retake for 24 months. Once you have passed the skills tests they are valid for three years from the date passed.

You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have booked the skills tests.

If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.

For more information visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website or why not register for one of our ‘Skills Tests Workshop’ dates?

Saturday 10th December 2016: 9.30 - 12.30
Monday 20th February 2017: 9.30 - 12.30
Saturday 13th May 2017: 9.30 - 12.30

To book a place, or for further information. please email Jane Sacree: j.sacree@worc.ac.uk. Please note: Those attending the workshop must have accepted a place at the University of Worcester.

You may also find this book a useful resource to help in your planning and preparation for the tests.

The positive experiences that I have gained so far have already impacted on my teaching practices and provide me with a higher level thinking towards my own teaching pedagogy.

Joshua Loade, PGCE Primary PE specialist pathway student

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Indicative course overview

What will you study?

School experience is a substantial and integral part of the course and you will have school experience visit days and block placements in terms 1, 2 and 3.

In total, of the 38 weeks of the course, 24 will be spent in schools.

Indicative course content for 2017-18, subject to adaptation:

Pedagogy and Professional Practice

Indicative overview of content

Covers a wide range of the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become an effective self evaluating practitioner, including how children learn, what impacts on pupil learning and progress and learning and teaching styles.

Subject Specialist Research

Indicative overview of content

A small-scale school based enquiry in a subject in which you already have degree level/A level qualifications or significant experience

Core subjects and Computing

Indicative overview of content

English, mathematics, science and computing subject knowledge and pedagogy

Foundation Subjects and SEND

Indicative overview of content

Art, D&T, geography, history, languages, music, PE, RE, SEND subject knowledge and pedagogy

School Experience

Indicative overview of content

24 weeks (120 days) in schools and settings.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Show a critically reflective and evaluative understanding of pedagogical approaches, processes and practice of teaching and learning through demonstration of knowledge, skills and understanding related to high quality and effective evidence-based practice
  • Develop a clear framework of your own professional values and demonstrate a critical and reflective attitude towards your practice, showing an articulation of the interdependent relationship of practice and theory
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, understanding and teaching competences which will enable you to challenge and support pupil learning and progress, including pupils with additional needs
  • Deepen subject and pedagogical knowledge and understanding related to the EYFS and National Curriculum
  • Show an understanding of research-informed learning and teaching and critically evaluate the impact of this
  • Demonstrate and understand consistently high standards of professional behaviours and codes of conduct
  • Demonstrate appropriate intellectual and academic capabilities and personal qualities, attitudes, ethics and values to meet standards for ?QTS
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of progression across, before and after the age range for which you are training to teach
  • Evidence the skills, knowledge and understanding to meet the DfE Teachers’ Standards Teaching approach        

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings
  • Studying all areas of learning and teaching across all EYFS and Primary National Curriculum subjects
  • Tutor-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures , primarily to introduce underpinning knowledge, theoretical argument, practical skills, central issues, key texts and inter-professional fields of study;
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading to enable students to identify subject matter that will enhance their understanding and intellectual ability;
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate, to encourage trainees to actively engage with and critically challenge the field
  • Directed studies, Professional Enquiry Tasks and problem solving tasks provide opportunities to develop approaches that will deepen levels of understanding and professional judgement; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services.

Assessment

In addition to subject assignments, subject profiles and individual subject assessment tasks, you will engage in a range of assessments during school experience, all of which combine as components towards your final award.

You will be involved in assessing your teaching skills and competence as they develop through the use of a Reflective Portfolio to which students, teachers and tutors contribute.

Throughout your course, you will be supported to prepare for your first year of teaching through the Career Entry Profile, as part of your Continuing Professional Development.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Genea Alexander

    Genea is the PGCE in Primary Education (QTS) Course Leader and a Senior Lecturer in Education.  She has a keen drive to support trainee teachers to become the best they can be, as child educators. As part of a dedicated team, she has enjoyed teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate primary education courses in the areas of Music, Languages and Pedagogy and Professional Practice.

    Genea has an active role in the supervision and support of trainee teachers and impact-focussed, is dedicated to promoting the best outcomes for all.

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    Derval Carey-Jenkins

    Derval Carey-Jenkins is the School Direct: Primary Lead.

    Derval is a Principal Lecturer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy within the Institute of Education. She joined the Institute in January 2009.

    Derval graduated with a Bachelor of Education from St Marys’ College, Queen’s University, Belfast and began her teaching career as a primary school teacher in 1986. She worked for 23 years in a variety of schools in East London and the West Midlands. Derval was a Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher and spent three years as an Advisory support teacher with the West Midlands Education Service for Travelling Children.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

There is a high employment rate for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) from the course.

Upon successful completion of the PGCE course, you take with you a Career Entry Profile to start the process of your continuing professional development as a teacher.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Financial support

Financial incentives for those who train in 2017/18

See Get Into Teaching's page on bursaries and funding.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Please contact our helpful admissions team if you are interested in applying, via admissionsA@worc.ac.uk or 01905 855111.

 

Applying for the PGCE Primary Course:

PGCE Early Years Core - UCAS/TT code X124

PGCE Primary Core - UCAS/TT code X104

PGCE Primary Mathematics Specialist - UCAS/TT code X00G

PGCE Primary Physical Education Specialist - UCAS/TT code 2RP6

All applications are through the UCAS teacher training.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

For general enquiries pertaining to PGCE course application
01905 855111
admissionsA@worc.ac.uk